Let’s Write A Book!

And so the dystopian nightmare begins – I can no longer reserve a Waitrose delivery slot. Sigh. AND, the BBC have suspended filming Eastenders.

Anyhow, I have had an idea. Back in the day when blogging was fresh and new I worked on a project called Burning Lines with a cluster of writerly bloggers from around the world. It was organised by Kate Lord Brown [now a highly regarded published writer] and it was one of the funniest blogging projects I have ever been involved with.
There were about nine of us and together over the course of a month we took it in turn to write a book using the blogging format. The ongoing saga featured exploding dwarves, macaroons, mysterious parcels, and a couple of angels. Put it this way, some of us took it seriously… and some of us didn’t, but it was hilarious.
I was wondering if anyone would like to give it a go? If there is interest I will set up a blog [probably on Blogger] specifically for this project and give authors permission to post – like a joint blog.

Personally I feel like I need something fun to take my mind off this virus pandemonium thing. What do you reckon? If no one is interested then I will simply go off in a huff and write more Mogwash posts, so no worries.

46 thoughts on “Let’s Write A Book!

  1. Scarlet Post author

    Excellent, Dinah!!! Please don’t worry – I will be setting up a JOINT blog that we will post on for our ‘book’. I am not sure if it will be on WordPress or Blogger yet – this will depend on where the sign ups come from. I will give everyone assistance.
    Sx

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  2. llcooljoe

    A book? How long does it have to be? At the moment I’m struggling to write a post, but I’m interested, not that I’ve any idea what I’d write a book about, but that never stopped JK Rowling has it?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Joey!!! I would love to have you on board!! We would write the ‘book’ between us, together, on a blog format. For example, I would write the first fictional post [no more than 500 words], and then Mr Batarde might jump in and carry on the story in the next post. Think of the blog posts as chapters!! Fun!!
      Sxx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Not necessarily! When I was involved with the Burning Lines project I’d often go off on a tangent by starting the next chapter with the word: Meanwhile….
      Honestly, Joey, that’s the fun of it! It becomes hilarious – there were times when I had tears rolling down my face. We are all different, and that’s what makes it such a joy to come together to do something like this.
      Sx

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  3. 63mago

    In proper style : Told in a villa outside Firence 🙂
    It is a good idea, and I wish you all the best of luck for it. I am sure you will find fellow writers, but excuse me for not joining in. I am really terrible at keeping dates, it is nearly impossible for me to finish something at a given, fixed date. I know I would be counterproductive.

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  4. nick

    A great idea, but I don’t think it’s quite my cup of tea. Like Mr Mags I’m not sure I could keep to any deadlines – or rely on my rather temperamental imagination. I think I had better continue to go it alone. But I look forward to reading whatever transpires!

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  5. Inexplicable DeVice

    Oh, yes, yes, and thrice YES!!! I’d love to be a part of this “Consequences”-like blog-book-thingy! What a splendid idea for our trying times, Ms S.
    Although, I kind of want to say “no thanks” just to get more Mogwash posts from you!

    P. S. I do have a WordPress account, just in case. At least, I think I do? I got it back when Blogger threatened to delete/remove/evaporate rude words and tasteless nudes and the like, as I recall… I’ll have to check to see if I can still access it.

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  6. The Mistress

    DID someone mention CAKE?! And why is “resting” in quotation marks, Mr. DeVice?

    You know it’s bad when they suspend the filming of Eastenders. They’d best do the same with Coronation Street lest it become CoronaVIRUS Street.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mistress: CoronaVirus Street!! I have noticed that whenever I Google ‘Coronavirus’ that before I hit the ‘v’ all the spoilers for Corrie come up!
      I will really, really miss the soaps.
      Sxx

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      1. Mitzi

        The last time I watched Eastenders Dot Cotton was helping Ethel to die. When the time comes for me to shuffle off this mortal coil, I’ll watch Eastenders again, it’ll make the passing a lot easier a bit like a skeksis draining the essence from a podling. I don’t like the Geoff and Yasmine storyline in Coronation Street and if I had my way Fiona would be the first to stuff it from the Coronavirus the hideous cow, I have my finger constantly poised on the mute button waiting for her appearance, and just how many people can you cram into a 2 up 2 down house plus a greyhound I bet her house stinks.

        Yes I would like to add my 10 penn’orth to your book.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Mitzi – I don’t like the Geoff and Yasmine story either, I hope it ends soon.
        Fiona!? Crikey… But yes, she is a bit silly.
        I think the Slater house in EastEnders had half the square and Adrian Edmondson living in it at one point. I would truly like to see the layout of that house.
        Wonderful to have you on board! I am again distracted by rolling news, but I hope to launch this thing over the weekend.
        Sxx

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  7. rimpington

    What happens if an author thinks they are writing the next chapter, unaware that one or more other authors might be doing the same thing? Won’t that mess with whatever continuity the evolving book might contain?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Rimpy – If you want to write the next chapter simply post: Rimpy is writing – publish this so that we all see that you are doing the next post, then edit this ‘holding’ post with your creation. I hope this makes sense… and that it will work!!
      Sx

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      1. lisleman

        Wow looks like I fell behind. I noticed you have this magical mystery tour started maybe I can catch the bus at one of your stops. BTW – having been on blogger for a long time I would suggest a little different approach on the who’s next problem. You can easily start a post and leave it in draft status. So any author will see the draft status. I think you will need to write the author’s name at the beginning so all knows who is writing. I don’t see any reason to hit the publish until the draft is done. Now Scarlet may need to monitor how long an author is holding on to the next chapter. I don’t know if this helps but I thought I would throw it out there. I’m near putting a new post on my blog so I’ll watch from the sidelines for the moment.

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  8. Scarlet Post author

    Thank you, Bill, for the draft idea!! Yes – I think that was the problem on Burning Lines – that people would hang on to the draft space for too long. We shall see how it goes, and I will send you an invite so that you can join in if you want to.
    SXXX

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  9. Pat Mackay

    I’m interested but with my techie ignorance am afraid of mucking it up. I’m even worse than I used to be and kids and grandchildren despair.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      My goodness!!! I haven’t read it for years, but yes, it was a lot of fun – probably more fun for the participants than the readers!!!!
      I think I’ll little yarn is going very well, but we need to persuade some that they don’t need to be Shakespeare to get involved!
      Sxxx

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      1. rimpington

        I’ve tried to be encouraging to the people expressing doubts about their abilities. It would mean a lot to them coming from you. It’s all in fun, I keep telling myself.

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